Kaboul chasing European dream


Younes Kaboul says Tottenham have become mentally stronger since their first foray into the Champions League, and he is desperate to help the north London club dine at Europe's top table once again.

A top four finish certainly appears to be within reach for Spurs this term, with Harry Redknapp's side currently level on points with Chelsea, while retaining a game in hand.

Although they are not in the Champions League places just yet, Spurs have been in fine form - winning eight of their last nine league outings with attractive, attacking football.

Kaboul, though, is keen to make clear that Spurs still have substance to go with their style - something which they will need in abundance in Europe.

“It's a bit hard to watch the Champions League on TV because we're not there ourselves but it should also give us more power to get back there,” the French defender told the Evening Standard.

“If we had been in the Champions League this season, we could have done well.

“We have our place there. If we get back into the competition next season, we will have last year's experiences to draw on because we learnt a lot.

“Mentally, we are stronger this year because of what we went through in the Champions League.

He added: “We want to go back there because we know we can do something. We played some very big teams, like Inter and Milan, and not only did we learn from those teams, we scared them as well. We beat Inter at home and Milan away.

“Being in the Champions League also helps you when you're competing in the Premier League because in the Champions League you have to raise your level."

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